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What am I doing wrong with penstemon cuttings?

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:49

They are Andy.  I think maybe you are misting them too much.  

Do you cover them...polythene, propagator ??  

I water when cuttings first inserted then leave them ....making sure they dont dry out completely 

Rosemary Growing

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:44

You don't want them drying out too much so I would use john innes number 1 mixed with perlite or grit.  Grit helps with the weight as rosemary can get big M Fent 

however, I would grow them on in bigger pots gh too...before planting out next spring


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:35

Just noticed its discovery...the forum is a bit all over the place technically right now..

discovery is ideal for espalier training 


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:09

Tie down to horizontal wires .....3 each side. Then allow leader grow vertically.....short cut way 

i would keep bottom 2 sidebranches growing at just less than 45 degrees and cut the leader to a bud above those branches.  Next summer lower the horizontals to wires.  The leader will comtinue to grow so look for 2 shoots to grow at 45 degrees to form the next tier of branches the following year.

an espalier is best formed one set of horizontals per year.  Summer pruning only thereafter on horizontal branches to,produce spurs.

(what variety though?  You cannot train tip bearers as espaliers....only spur bearers ) 

Last edited: 28 September 2016 16:10:27

slugs versus Dahlias

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:01

Ann, dig them up now to store now 

it's what the local National Dahlia Collection are doing too 

Forum notifications fixed

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:29

Ah!  Thanks Nora.  My flurry of pm's mystery is solved then 

Planting blueberry bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:28

Richard, at risk of aaying the obvious but it your soil acid enough?  

Blueberries will die in neutral or alkaline soil.

yes, now is a good time to do this.....nice, warm, moist soil.  Perfect 

ah! Those small gooseberry plants....I would pot on for planting out next summer.  More important to create a clean leg before planting out 


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:16

Ha ha Andy, me too 


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:12

Most usual cause though esp on scabious, asters and the like.  There are many possible "causes" for problems of course there are. 

I have no doubt that this thread centres  around powdery mildew 

eliminate the obvious cause as I do. Understand everything you plant, what it needs and will thrive in.

dryish soil here in many areas ...rare for me now to have powdery mildew simply because I have addressed the main cause, viz. susceptible plants in dry soil, by adding plenty of water holding compost at planting time. 

Here we go again.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:57

Will be a riot of colour jacqueline 

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